The Queen Victoria Market (known locally as the Vic Market) is the southern hemisphere’s largest open-air market and is, according to their website ‘the heart and soul of Melbourne’.
Every week over 600 market traders vie to sell their wares to thousands of visitors. This is the place where Melbourne’s natives (Melburnians) come to find the best local produce amid the ‘spruiking’ (public speaking linked to advertising a product or service) from the vendors, all trying to get their voices heard and produce sold.
It’s not all food here at the Vic. You can find jewellery and accessories, arts and crafts including paintings, photography, clothes, fabrics, leather goods, shoes, toys, gifts, homewares and almost anything and everything else you can think of.
As for food, you are quite literally spoiled for choice. The art-deco Deli Hall is jam-packed with meats, cheeses and fish from all over the world, amazing varieties of fruit and veg, seafood, breads, cakes and pastries, spices, confectionery, tea and coffee and artisan food from many of Melbourne’s best food producers.
Every Wednesday evening in August the Winter Night Market attracts loads of people and you can also take foodie, heritage and cultural tours of the market. The Queen Victoria Market isn’t just a place to buy your weekly veg, it’s a way of life for Melburnians of all ages and from all walks of life and is a ‘must see’ on any trip around Melbourne.